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  • Marilyn Paquette

LV Alum Named Principal of New Miguel Model School

Marilyn Paquette

Lasallian Volunteers alum Marilyn Paquette will use her experience as an LV and a Lasallian educator as she leads a new middle school to serve low-income students. Paquette will become principal of De La Salle Academy in Concord, CA, a division of De La Salle High School in Concord, which will open for the 2014-2015 school year.

De La Salle Academy will be a Miguel model school serving fifth through eighth graders and have its own campus in Concord. In announcing the new school, De La Salle High School’s President Mark DeMarco called it, “a middle school that will provide high-quality, Catholic, Lasallian education to students from low-income families, and will prepare them at an early age to succeed in high school, college, and beyond.”

Paquette will continue her service to the Lasallian mission when she becomes principal of De La Salle Academy on July 1 after serving for three years as dean of women at Justin-Siena High School in Napa, CA. As an LV, she taught from 1999-2001 at The San Miguel School of Providence in Rhode Island. She is an alumna of Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, and she has served as a faculty member at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory in San Francisco.

“The opportunity to serve and lead in this expansion of De La Salle High School’s Lasallian ministry is something I feel called to,” Paquette said. “I believe that my knowledge of, and experience in, a San Miguel school, my experience as a Lasallian Volunteer, and the network of Lasallian educators I have relationships with will all be invaluable in forming this new ministry.”

A generous donation from Kenneth H. Hofmann will fund De La Salle Academy for the first five years. Admission will be only for boys whose families live at less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level. Parents will pay some portion of their student’s costs, on a sliding scale, as part of the “parental buy-in” that is a crucial component of the Miguel model, but the school will not be tuition-driven.

The projected first-year enrollment is 15 students in fifth grade and 15 in sixth grade, with an eventual enrollment of 60 students in grades five through eight.

More on De La Salle High School’s website 

Read the press release

Read the story in the Contra Costa Times


By |January 22nd, 2014|Categories: news + events|Comments Off on LV Alum Named Principal of New Miguel Model School

2013 Lasallian Volunteers FSC Awards Recipients Announced

The 2012 FSC Awards and Gifts

The 2012 FSC Awards and Gifts

FSC Awards Honor Outstanding LV Supporters

Lasallian Volunteers (LVs) will honor outstanding supporters with the 2013 Lasallian Volunteers FSC Awards. The awards are named in the spirit of three De La Salle Christian Brothers who embody values of Faith, Service, and Community and made significant contributions to the LVs. They are a small way to show appreciation to individuals who make our service possible.

Recipients are selected on a rotating basis between the Districts in the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN). This year’s recipients are from the District of New Orleans – Santa Fe (NO-SF) and will be presented with the awards during the NO-SF District dinner, which will take place at De La Salle High School in New Orleans, LA, on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. during the Huether Lasallian Conference.

Brother Thomas Ward, FSC, from the Christian Brothers School Community in New Orleans, LA, will receive the Brother John Johnston Faith Award, which recognizes a supporter who has demonstrated great faith in the work of Lasallian Volunteers by sharing time, talent, or treasure. Brother Thomas was a constant support to the LVs in his community while they lived and served in New Orleans. He worked to build a relationship with each volunteer and spent time actively living out the Lasallian values of Faith, Community, and Service, inviting the LVs to journey with him together and by association.

Daniel and Sarah Maher will receive the Brother Chris Bassen Service Award, which recognizes LV alumni who have continued a life of service. The Mahers currently serve at De La Salle North Catholic High School in Portland, OR, where in order to keep the Lasallian mission strong, they helped found a unique community of LVs where lay people reside without the traditional presence of Brothers. Daniel and Sarah are both graduates of Lasallian schools. Daniel graduated from St. Paul’s School in Covington, LA, and later served for two years at La Salle School in Albany, NY. Sarah graduated from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona and went on to serve at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn, NY. Daniel is one of the first LVs from NO-SF and the first from St. Paul’s. In the spirit of the award, the Mahers have pursued service of the poor through education with great “empathy, creativity, and determination.”

Brother Nick Gonzalez, FSC, principal of Cathedral High School in El Paso, TX, will be awarded the Brother Michael Farrell Community Award, which honors a Brother or Lasallian Partner in Community who has lived with LVs and who holds the community experience in high esteem for himself and shares it with the LVs. Brother Nick has been living and working with LVs for a number of years beginning while he served at San Miguel High School in Tucson, AZ. He currently accompanies LVs in their work and in their spiritual and community life at Cathedral. In the spirit of this award, Brother Nick “supports and cares for Lasallian Volunteers as individuals while living side by side with them in shared community.”

The awards, which were first presented in 2010, are presented annually.

More on the awards and past recipients >








By |November 6th, 2013|Categories: featured, news + events|Comments Off on 2013 Lasallian Volunteers FSC Awards Recipients Announced
  • liana

Liana is Ready to Run

liana“While I don’t necessarily enjoy running before and during my workout, I love the feeling of accomplishment when I am finished. Last year, I barely trained for the LVs run and made every excuse in the world why I couldn’t work out: not enough time, more important things to do, I’ll miss the new episode of The Office, I’m not a morning person, I’m not a night person, you name it. This year, I am not letting any of those things get in my way so I signed up to run the 15K because this program means a lot to me. I don’t allow my students to be lazy and slack off so I need to practice what I preach and challenge myself by running for this amazing cause.

Naturally, many people questioned why I would want to join the Lasallian Volunteers because as a recent college grad, the most obvious path is to find a job to make money to pay off the debt I incurred. As cheesy as it sounds, I have never felt more rich in my life not only because of the impact I am making on my students, but also because of the impact they are having on me. De Marillac Academy is a miracle in the heart of the Tenderloin District in San Francisco, California, and I am blessed and humbled on a daily basis to be a part of such a beautiful mission.

LVsRun_Chicago2013-logo-300pxThis program is the perfect step after graduation because I am growing as a professional by using my degree in Education, but I am also fulfilling my longing to serve and grow spiritually. I could not do that without the help of my community in San Francisco, and the larger Lasallian family that I am now a part of. Is everything always perfect? No. But I have over 200 years of teaching experience under my roof and these lovely gentlemen are able to help me through whatever comes my way because they have seen and dealt with it all. I am truly blessed to be an LV.”

Liana Vantrease, LV 12-14

By |October 21st, 2013|Categories: news + events|Comments Off on Liana is Ready to Run

kathleen glackin, recruitment coordinator

Personal Story

I was born and raised in Philadelphia. While attending Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls I became involved with Community Service Corps.

For college I headed to Chicago and attended Loyola University. While at Loyola I was heavily involved in Campus Ministry; participating and leading Retreats. I also participated in the Alternative Break Immersion program my junior and senior year. Between my amazing college experience, studying abroad, and volunteering I realized how much I had received and wanted to give back.

Upon graduation I moved to Memphis, Tennessee where I served for two years as a Lasallian Volunteer at De La Salle Elementary Blessed Sacrament. My two years were full of laughter, jokes, lots of growth, and fostering life-long friendships. After completing my two years of service I remained in Memphis and served as the Assistant Campus Minister for the Catholic Diocese of Memphis. I worked closely with the students at the University of Memphis and Rhodes College and constantly spoke of my LV experience. I also continued to spend time volunteering at De La Salle.

I am honored to serve as the Recruitment Coordinator for a program that has positively impacted so many people in so many different ways and look forward to introducing the Lasallian Mission to new volunteers.

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Communication, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

Areas of Responsibility

  • Development of yearly recruitment plan
  • Coordinate recruitment efforts at all six Lasallian Colleges & Universities
  • Coordinate registration and representation at other college/university Volunteer fairs
  • Involve Lasallian Volunteer Alums in recruitment efforts
  • Maintain communication and foster relationships with prospective applicants
  • Assist in interview, selection, & placement of Volunteers
  • Oversee production of recruitment materials and yearly mailings to colleges, universities, and high schools
  • Conduct 2-3 site and community visits per semester
  • Assistance with overall development of the LV program
  • Assist in all program related efforts, including orientations and retreats

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Campus Minister / Administrative Assistant, Catholic Diocese of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • Librarian, Computer Teacher, After-School Coordinator, Religion Teacher, De La Salle Elementary Blessed Sacrament, Memphis, TN

Other Interests

  • Reading
  • Traveling
  • Social Justice
By |August 14th, 2013|Categories: staff|1 Comment

christopher anderson, director of development


Personal Story

I have spent my whole career working for the Catholic Church having served in parish, diocesan and national settings. During these twenty plus years of service, I have always thought of myself as a minister. While some people are uncomfortable with a lay Catholic saying that, the church in the United States is embracing this understanding of ministry. In my years working for national organizations, I have been blessed with the opportunity to help shape this understanding of lay ecclesial ministry.

As a member of the Lasallian Volunteers staff, I enjoy sharing my ministerial experiences with my co-workers and the larger Lasallian community. My understanding of ministry and myself is being expanded by my involvement in the Lasallian mission of “transforming lives since 1680.”

Educational Background

  • B.A. Psychology Cathedral College, Douglaston, New York
  • M.A. Theology Saint Bernard’s Institute, Rochester, New York

Areas of Responsibility

The Director of Development is responsible for leading the Lasallian Volunteers advancement efforts including:

  • Cultivating and coordinating the solicitation of potential donors.
  • Developing and implementing plans for development, fundraising and public relations.
  • Developing strategies to increase outreach beyond Lasallian Volunteers’ traditional funding base to new prospects.
  • Overseeing foundation relations, proposal development and reporting.
  • Overseeing s the planning and execution of special events/promotions.
  • Produces the Lasallian Volunteers annual report and related publications.

Professional Experience

      • Executive Director of the National Association for Lay Ministry (NALM), Washington, DC
      • Associate Director of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, Washington, DC
      • Assistant Director of the Office for Religious Education, Archdiocese of Chicago
      • Director of Religious Education, St. John the Baptist, Greenville, NY

Other Interests

    • Cooking
    • Sports
    • Gardening/farming
    • Family activities
By |August 12th, 2013|Categories: staff|1 Comment